The Michigan State Police (MSP) recently deployed 24 uniform personnel to New Jersey to provide additional law enforcement assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to a press release.
The seven day deployment began Nov. 4 and included MSP Jackson Post Commander Lt. Mike Krumm as well as three sergeants and 20 Troopers from posts in Northern, Southwestern and mid-Michigan areas. Two of the State Troopers come from the Brighton Post.
The MSP deployment is in response to a request from the New Jersey State Police for out-of-state support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a mutual aid agreement between states.
During the deployment, the MSP will provide law enforcement support and security for teams of emergency management officials in New Jersey as they assess the extent of damage in areas most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Their assignments will include security at checkpoints and patrols in Monmouth County from the Bayshore area to Brielle Borough, and in Ocean County on the barrier islands from Point Pleasant Beach to Long Beach Island.
"I am proud our department is able to quickly answer the call from New Jersey for additional law enforcement personnel to help protect public health and safety following Hurricane Sandy," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in a press release. "Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the hurricane and we stand ready to provide additional support and resources should it be needed."
This is the second time in MSP history that a group of uniform troopers has been deployed to another state to provide assistance. In 2005, members of the MSP led a contingent of officers to Louisiana as part of a joint effort with 22 Michigan law enforcement agencies to provide assistance in response to Hurricane Katrina.
Additionally, a member of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) is deployed to the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., providing assistance with coordinating requests for resources from states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
As of Nov. 2, more than 1,100 individuals nationwide have been deployed through EMAC to provide assistance following Hurricane Sandy. A total of 280 law enforcement officers from multiple states were deployed to assist New Jersey. Other agencies besides the MSP include: the Pennsylvania State Police, the Maryland State Police, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Maine State Police, the Louisiana State Police and the Vermont State Police.
All costs associated with deploying resources under EMAC are paid for by the requesting state. Members of EMAC include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Michigan has been a member of EMAC since January 2002.